Commemoration Service for John Mason

7th June 2008

John Mason

Collect for Commemoration of John Mason

God of all times and places, 
who in this parish inspired John Mason 
to tell of your greatness and mercy 
through his words and in his life: 
may we too show your love in our words and deeds, rejoice in singing your praises, 
and look forward to the coming of your kingdom, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This memorial to The Revd John Mason was unveiled by the Bishop of Buckingham, The Rt Revd Alan Wilson.  About seventy people attended the Commemoration Service, in which they sang three of Mason's hymns and listened to historical information about Mason's life and work and an interesting address from Bishop Alan.

St Giles 
Water Stratford
Commemoration Service 
 JOHN MASON 
1645 – 1694 
Rector of this parish 
1674 – 1694

Address and Dedication of Memorial 
by the 
Bishop of Buckingham 
The Rt Revd Alan Wilson MA DPhil

Saturday 7th June 2008

WELCOME 

HYMN   Christ is made the sure foundationJohn Mason Neale 1818-66
Tune    Westminster Abbey, Henry Purcell 1658-95

TALK    John Mason and Water Stratford

HYMN   How shall I sing that majestyJohn Mason 1683 
Tune    Coe Fen, Kenneth Naylor 1931-91

READING   Ecclesiasticus 44 vv 1-15 (extract)

HYMN   I found the pearl of greatest priceJohn Mason 1683 
Tune     Bishopthorpe, Jeremiah Clarke 1674-1707

ADDRESS   The Bishop of Buckingham

HYMN   Now from the altar of my heartJohn Mason 1683 
Tune    Kingsfold, arr Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872-1958

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSION 
LORD’S PRAYER

READING   Revelation 21 vv 1-7

HYMN   Ye holy angels bright, Richard Baxter 1615-91 
Tune    Darwall’s 148th, John Darwall 1731-89

All move outside during third and fourth verses
READING   Church Path

UNVEILING AND DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL

COLLECT AND BLESSING

All process through the church, following John Mason’s journey home through the priest’s door to
The Old Rectory, where refreshments will be provided.